Health & Wellness

Caring for Cancer Patients After the Storm

Even during major weather events, the American Cancer Society is there to offer patient services and programs. People in areas affected by storms who need American Cancer Society services should call our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-227-2345. Cancer information specialists are available to answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If…

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‘Chase Away Childhood Cancer’ Specialty License Plate Launches in Time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

There’s now a new way for South Carolina residents to show their support for childhood cancer research efforts. A pediatric cancer specialty license plate is now available from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. Proceeds from the purchase of the plates will benefit Summerville-based Chase After a Cure, which has raised more than half a million dollars…

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Underfunded Mental Health Can Lead To Horrendous Crime

By Barney Blakeney The August 7 stabbing deaths of two young boys at the hand of their mentally ill uncle points to a need for more resources to support the mentally ill. Local law enforcement authorities say on any given day as much as 20 percent of the inmates at the Al Cannon Detention Center…

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Doctors Make the Case Against Taking A Full Course Of Antibiotics

By Glenn Ellis (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A recent commentary published in the British Medical Journal reignited the debate on whether patients should stop antibiotics when they feel better rather than following instructions to finish the course. So why all the fuss? And is it safe to stop early? The reason for the fuss is that the…

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Black Men Have Lowest Survival Rates Among Patients with Anal Cancer

Over the past 30 years, squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SCCA) is one of the few cancers with steadily rising incidence in the United States, with the most rapid increase seen in black men. To further investigate this trend, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center looked at more than 7,800 cases…

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Health care starts with you is a true axiom

Health care starts with you is a true axiom, but are you willing to commit to changing your daily habits. What may not be possible overnight, can be achieved over time. All of the studies show that individuals who adopt healthy habits live healthier lifestyles. Have you heard the expression: If you don’t take care…

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Sickle Cell Disease Sufferers Trapped In Fight Against Opioid Scourge

By Leonard E. Colvin, The New Journal and Guide/NNPA Member For the thousands of individuals who suffer from the effects of sickle cell anemia, pain is a common part of their lives. The inherited disease causes red blood cells of mostly people of African descent to deform into a sickle shape. This inhibits the red blood cells…

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